The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health is issued by USC Beaufort.
What is Public Health?
“The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.”
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health (formerly known as Health Promotion) is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining the public’s health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.
Is Public Health right for you?
When considering a career in public health, it is important to understand research and education are foundational to the profession. The knowledge and skills to take scientific information and translate that into usable, friendly material to the average person is key to a career in public health.
The desire for social justice and environmental health help significantly when addressing public health issues. An individual who is interested in health and well-being, driven to help others and enjoys research and education makes an excellent candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
What can I do with a degree in Public Health?
A degree in Public Health prepares students for a multidisciplinary field concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining health.
It is very typical for today’s graduates to continue on to get their Masters in Public Health. However, a variety of career paths for those holding a Bachelor’s degree exists, including applying skills in schools, hospitals, health care facilities, work places, communities, government and non-profit organizations worldwide. Graduates of the B.S. in Public Health can also become health educators or community education specialists.
Other types of employers include the federal government, state government, public health departments, non-profit agencies, wellness centers, community mental health centers, corporate organizations, international health agencies and research foundations.
Strategies to gain a career in Public Health
1. Develop strong public speaking and presentation skills.
2. Becoming familiar with grant writing techniques and submissions
3. Get credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
4. Learn one or more languages
5. Study, volunteer or intern domestically and abroad
6. Participate in service learning projects, trips or missions domestically or abroad
For more information on occupations and salary visit: www.bls.gov/ooh
What are essential Public Health services?
1. Monitor Health
2. Diagnose and Investigate
3. Inform, Educate, Empower
4. Mobilize Community Partnership
5. Develop Policies
6. Enforce Laws
7. Link to/Provide Care
8. Assure a Competent Workforce
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: Public Health 101 Series
Prerequisites & Requirements
In order for a student to be admitted to Palmetto College’s BS in Public Health degree program, students must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of over 2.0. In addition:
- Both BIOL 243 and BIOL 244 (4 hours with lab) - Anatomy and Physiology I and II - must be successfully completed as per USCB requirements.
- At least 2 of the following courses must be successfully completed: ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102 and Lab Science (4 hours with lab; obviously not including BIOL 243 and BIOL 244).
- If 1 of ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102 and Lab Science is not successfully completed, only 1 other course (2 total) can be outstanding in the necessary coursework (not including free electives) in the first 2 years of the curriculum.
- If all 3 of ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102 and Lab Science are completed, then 3 courses can be outstanding in the necessary coursework (not including free electives) in the first 2 years of the curriculum.
If you haven't earned your hours or taken the program specific prerequisite courses yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College representative.
If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
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